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Lisa Kane Streets which “embody respect”_

Streets which embody respect?

We sat in a formal board-room table overlooking central Cape Town just before Christmas of 2012. We were a small, enthusiastic bunch of street geeks (some of whom went on to set up Open Streets Cape Town) listening intently as each took turns to answer the question: “so, what do...

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Lisa Kane “Motorized” normal_

“Motorized” normal?

I can’t read “Non Motorized” without thinking “Non White” and “Non European”. Then I’m left wondering what the consequences are of South Africans adopting the term “NMT” (Non Motorized Transport)? “Non Motorized”, like “Non European”, makes one category normal and the other abnormal. With being normal and abnormal come the...

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Lisa Kane Small is beautiful_ on NMT infrastructure

Small is beautiful: on NMT infrastructure

Picture from ‘Annual Report of the City Engineer, Cape Town. 1984-1985 We are somewhat obsessed with big infrastructure projects. Whatever form it takes, we love those big, sexy (expensive) infrastructure schemes. And yet, if you take a good look at the places where walking and cycling thrives (think Scandinavia, the...

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